Appreciation

10 free apps to help you recognize effectively

By patrick poyfair
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Are your new year’s resolutions to brighten up the days of those who work with you by providing them with a steady diet of genuine recognition for the great work they do? Did a new Android or iOS device arrive under your tree? Put them together and what do you got—a spect-app-ular formula for success!

The following list of apps will make your daily recognition efforts easier by helping you to engage in celebrations that are more frequent, specific and timely. And since all of the suggested apps are free, the only thing you have to loose is the time it takes to hit the ‘download’ button.

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Our nifty app focuses in on helping you provide specific praise for those you choose to recognize. It also allows you to quickly prepare for a team member’s service anniversaries, birthdays or milestone events and then announce and schedule the celebration via Microsoft Outlook. Handy recognition tips are included throughout the experience as well as fun eNotes and thank you cards. (Available for Apple’s iOS5, Android and Blackberry.)

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Recognition-based surveys prove that individuals need at least a weekly dose of good recognition from their bosses for maximum engagement. The Reminder app allows you to create a Microsoft Outlook task to do so while also placing the appropriate reminders in your calendar to ensure you frequently praise those you work with. (This app is included with the most recent version of Apple’s iOS5 ”“ no download is necessary.)

Dragon Dictation
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The inspiration to cheer the great work of a team member can come when pen and paper are not always available to use. Dragon Dictation allows you to speak into your device’s microphone and have your spoken words dictated into text and emailed to you in the format you choose. (This app is available for Apple’s iOS5 and Blackberry)

Evernote
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Evernote sets the standard for digital note taking and filing. Use this app to keep a record of your recognition frequency with your employees and sync it across all your devices (phone, computer). The magic of Evernote is its ability to gather information via camera, microphone, email and text and put all the data in one quaint folder for your recognition records.  (Available in Android, Windows, Apple’s iOS5 and Blackberry)

Yelp
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Does your team always go to the same Thai restaurant for your recognition events? Allow Yelp to help you mix up your restaurant choice selection. (Available for Android, Apple’s iOS5 and Blackberry)

Instagram
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Team and individual recognition celebrations should be recorded and referred to for history and posterity purposes. Instagram allows you to take quick pictures with your phone or tablet, do quick editing and then share them across various social media platforms and email. Instagram also gives the user a fair amount of ‘cloud’ space to store those images online. (Instagram is available on Apple’s iOS5)

Cards
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This app, created by Apple, allows you to take photos and create highly personalized Thank You cards that can be sent via the U.S. Postal service. You can also customize the message to coincide with the specific praise you’re presenting.

Handwritten
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Research shows that handwritten thank you notes are cherished more than the same emailed words of praise. With the Handwritten app you can use your idevice and a stylus to craft handwritten notes that can be easily emailed, giving you the best of both worlds. The simple and elegant user interface makes the experience almost too easy to be true. (This app is available on Apple’s iOS5)

Dictionary.com
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Having problems finding the perfect superlative for that thank you note you’re writing? Dictionary.com’s thesaurus function is a quick and easy way to power through your temporary case of writer’s block. (Available for Android, Apple’s iOS5 and Blackberry)

Disney Muppet Mail Lite
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Recognition should always be a fun, enjoyable experience for the giver as well as the recipient. While there are many apps available to add a dose of fun to someone’s day, this super fun app provides a quick way to turn yourself into a Muppet and share a note with your intended recipient via email or Facebook ”“ or print it out. Pay an extra 99 cents and have your Muppet read your recognition for you! (This app is available on Apple’s iOS5)

Categories: Appreciation, Recognition Strategies

Randall

Great post! I didn’t know about the “Handwritten” app – I’ll have to give that a try!

February 1, 2012   |   Reply   |  
Ines

Very good article. I absolutely appreciate this
site. Continue the good work!

May 22, 2013   |   Reply   |  
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By patrick poyfair

As a former journalist and editor, Pat Poyfair knows the importance of communicating great work practices. He's continually looking for innovative ways to achieve the unexpected with creativity and passion. Pat helps leaders understand the benefits of recognition practices. When he’s not promoting the thought leadership from our New York Times bestselling books, Pat is a sports enthusiast who loves spending time with his family.